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US, Australia, India, Japan discuss China”s growing power

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that China”s increasingly assertive actions across the region make it more critical then ever for the four Indo-Pacific nations known as the Quad to cooperate to protect their partners and their people from Chinese “exploitation, corruption and coercion.”

Pompeo made the remark at a meeting in Tokyo with the foreign ministers of Japan, India and Australia, who together make up the Quad. The talks were the group”s first in-person since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Pompeo accused China of covering up the pandemic and worsening it, while threatening freedom, democracy and diversity in the region with its increasingly assertive actions.

“It is more critical now than ever that we collaborate to protect our people and partners from the Chinese Communist Party”s exploitation, corruption and coercion,” Pompeo said. “We see in the East and South China Seas. The Mekong, the Himalayas, the Taiwan Strait. These are just a few examples.”

The talks come less than a month before the US presidential election and amid tensions between the Washington and Beijing over the virus, trade, technology, Hong Kong, Taiwan and human rights. They follow a recent flareup in tensions between China and India over their disputed Himalayan border, while relations between Australia and China have also deteriorated in recent months.

Japan, meanwhile, is concerned about China”s claim to the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands, called Diaoyu in China, in the East China Sea.

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  1. How is it America is the sekf appointed sherif of the world and western governments must bow down to americas whims. Australia is the lapdog of America and is paying the price for poor leadership. Name a single country that has benefited from American interference. Little wonder why China is defending itself from decades of abuse.
    Has Australia forgotten the bans trump put on it for aluminium and other goods when he was elected. , America is only ever concerned about itself.
    Little wonder why America is in decay and its population is divided, it all reflects from poor longterm lesdership.
    Little wonder why Europe doesn’t trust America.
    When is the world going to wake up and say no to this bully and aggressor of the world.

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